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Library Manager and Information Specialist at IMI Institute for Research and Development Ltd., the Israel Chemicals Ltd. corporate research centre in Haifa Bay Israel. Educated at Millfield School and Pembroke College, Oxford University reading chemistry.


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comment Should observant Jews travel to areas that are centres for Avodah Zarah (Idol worship)?
Hashkafah. Halacha gets more complicated.
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comment Should observant Jews travel to areas that are centres for Avodah Zarah (Idol worship)?
@ray - The purpose is just to travel, see the sights (can add to admire the beautiful creation of Hashem that is nature) - I don't refere to outreach/kiruv such as Habad.
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asked Should observant Jews travel to areas that are centres for Avodah Zarah (Idol worship)?
Oct
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answered Are Llamas Kosher?
Sep
24
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Sep
23
comment How strongly must a Mezuza be attached
I don't know about Velcro - but I have definitely heard of double sided adhesive tape being acceptable.
Sep
23
comment Please explain location of end of verse pattern in Ha'azinu
Without doing a full analysis - IIRC, Shirat Ha'azinu is composed of an opening which is good, a middle that is full of negative verses and ends in the reassurance that G-d will redeem Israel and lead to Vezot Habrachah. Maybe the breaks connect - anyone learnt this? Connection with even/odd or left/right in Kabbalah?
Sep
21
comment What's with this “approved for Pesach” tape?
@ Scimonster Don't forget that chametz must not be posessed or found at all, and presumably the haredim, who are renowned for their strictness, don't want to take the chance that there could be some chametz there, even if a dog wouldn't eat it (i.e. it's not actually chametz)
Sep
21
comment Why do we wear a tallit at kol nidre?
No source available, just from memory - I am fairly sure that the problem is only with the brachah which must not be said after sunset (not nightfall) because the time for tzitzit is when they can be seen (i.e. not a night). If someone is delayed to the extent that it is after sunset, then they should put on the tallit without a brachah.
Sep
21
comment What's with this “approved for Pesach” tape?
AIUI, Masking tape is a paper based tape. Paper can contain starch, which may be chametz (or at least kitnyot). Presumably someone has checked and this tape is free from any suspicion of chametz in its manufacture. Exactly who checked (i.e. which Bada"tz) is another matter.
Sep
11
comment Closed caskets for Jewish burials
In Israel the deceased is buried without a coffin (except for military funerals where a coffin is always used). As I understand it, this is connected with the holiness of the land of Israel.
Sep
11
comment Why God refers to Deer and Gazelle on Eating without sacrificing?
If I remember correctly there was an undergraduate at Magdalen College Oxford, that has a deer park, who organized a shochet etc for kosher venison for the College Ball.
Sep
4
comment If water accidentally spilled on my laining sheet and rubbed out the ink, is it still shaimos?
I get the impression that it's a printed sheet with water soluble ink, not a photocopy.
Aug
26
comment Voodoo and benefiting from idol worsphip
If you don't believe in the avodah zarah, it cannot affect you, so you don't need to combat it (same goes for your friend). I can't see where apearance of benefit comes into it either, OK, she has sprinkled oil etc. - so what. One thing you/he could, and perhaps even should do it to check the mezuzot for kashrut, and possibly spend a few minutes (extra?) reading tehillim or learning. A kosher mezuzah, and of course other mitzvot, are the Jew's protection, not a hamsah.
Aug
26
comment Return item at supermarket (consumer's fault?)
Agree with Double AA - Opened items are normally not returnable unless defective, but many places see customer service as top of the priority list and so are willing to accept returns, even of opened items. The question becomes whether you are allowed to benefit from the store's generous policy. Presumably this would only be acceptable on a one-off basis. To exploit the policy on a frequent basis strikes me as being dubious.
Aug
26
comment Is there any halachic problem with an ark having a “lazy susan” for the Sifrei Torah?
I seem to remember having seen this used somewhere, but I can't remember where. Why should there be a problem, assuming all precautions are taken to secure the Sifrei Torah and the Aron Hakodesh is deep enough.
Aug
25
comment Is the blessing after food determined by the blessing before it?
There are two possibilities that don't seem to be clearly distinguished here. 1) Makes boreh pri hagefen on the wine, sips it, so there is no question about the correct bracha before, then dilutes. 2) Makes boreh pri hagefen and then dilutes before drinking - there seems to be a doubt re the correctness of the boreh pri hagefen - is this levatalah or not? It appears that the kavannah was to dilute, so maybe it was wrong from the start. Actually there could be another case where the kavannah was to drink undiluted wine, but then by accident (child poured water into wine?) the wine got diluted.
Aug
13
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Jul
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comment Praying after chatzot– which tefilot?
IIRC Musaf can be said all day. If on Yom Kippur, you finish Shaharit so late that the time for Mincha has arrived, you have to say Mincha first and afterwards Musaf. For that reason, the Shat"z is instructed not to drag things out that much and make sure he starts Musaf well before the time for Mincha.
Jul
8
comment Good idea to fast on the day of conversion?
It sounds like a logical comparison and basically answers your own question. Whilst there may be no compulsion or custom to fast, I see no reason why a person shouldn't fast voluntarily if he feels it's appropriate.